Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with my psychology major?

MHC psychology majors work in a wide range of fields and undertake graduate work at colleges and universities across the U.S. 

Career counselors and peer career advisors at the CDC are here to help you find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access online and print resources.

Examples of graduate schools attended:

Degrees include master's and doctorates in counseling, clinical, educational, developmental, and cognitive psychology; neuroscience, rehabilitation counseling, public health, social work, and education.

Examples of jobs acquired by recent graduates:

  • Research Assistants at universities and hospitals: (e.g., Harvard, Columbia, and Brown; Mass General and Children’s Hospital)
  • American Cancer Society – Regional Executive
  • Applied Epidemiology – Research Associate
  • Bain & Company – Research Analyst
  • Baystate OB/GYN Practice – Marketing Manager
  • Biogen Inc. – Patient Coordinator
  • Cambridge School of Culinary Arts – Chef
  • Capital Health System – Therapist
  • Centro Escolar Mexico de Guada – Teacher
  • Cobb County Public Schools – Special Education Teacher
  • Computer software company – Business Analyst
  • Community Enterprises, Inc. – Social Worker
  • Diamond & Schmitt Architects Inc. – Promotional Assistant
  • Donaldson, Lusskin & Jenrette – Relationship Manager
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Research Associate
  • Fellowship Health Resources – Mental Health Counselor
  • Franklin Medical Center – Intake Specialist
  • Girl Scouts Pacific Peaks Council – Outreach Specialist
  • Goldman Sachs & Co – Associate
  • Holyoke Hospital – Psychiatric Clinician
  • JP Morgan – Analyst
  • Judge Baker Children’s Center – Research Assistant
  • Mount Holyoke College – Assistant Director of Admissions
  • New England Conservatory – Assistant for Board Relations
  • Pentucket Regional School District – School Psychologist
  • SBAM Private Portfolio Group – Marketing Associate
  • Spain – English Teacher
  • US Navy – Journalist
  • University of Chicago Children’s Hospital – Health Staff Coordinator
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Veterans services at community college – Counselor
  • Wediko Residential Treatment Center – Counselor
  • Youth Services – Family Counselor

Your professors are an excellent resource for guidance and advice on career opportunities available to you.

What kinds of internships do psychology majors pursue?

Here are examples of internships psych majors have completed:

  • A.I Dupont Hospital for Children
  • Arista Behavioral Health, Inc.
  • Asian Psychological Services, Inc.
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Camp Starfish
  • Consultation Center at Yale University School of Medicine
  • International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Lutheran Community Services
  • MAAC Project, Head Start Division
  • Park Avenue Aesthetics
  • Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Safe Passage, Inc.
  • Upward Bound
  • Wediko Children’s Services
  • Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution
  • Yale University Child Conduct Clinic

Can I talk to alumnae about their jobs?

Yes, through LifeNet, which is the MHC Alumnae Association’s online database that connects you to a world-wide network of Mount Holyoke alumnae. You can network with alumnae advisers in many professional fields and find alumnae hosts who have signed up to provide temporary housing when you are traveling for academic for job related business.

Are there job search/graduate program resources available at the MHC Career Development Center?

Yes. These are just a sample of the books at the CDC (in the CDC Library) that you might find helpful:

  • Business, Hospitality, & Travel: Career Guide to the Top Consulting Firms
  • Career Exploration: Great Jobs for Psych Majors
  • Fellowships: Financial Aid: History, Library Science, Social Sciences
  • Graduate Programs: Graduate Study in Psychology  (American Psychological Association)
  • Graduate Programs: Peterson’s Grad. Programs in the Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
  • Graduate Programs: Getting In: A step-by-step plan for gaining admission to graduate school in psychology
  • Internships: Summer and January Internships: Healthcare; Non-Profit, NGO’s (binder)
  • Law, Government, & Public Policy: The Book of US Government Jobs
  • Medical & Health Professions: Psychology & Counseling (binder)
  • Non-Profit, Human Service: Careers in Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • Non-Profit, Human Service: Careers in Social Work
  • Non-Profit, Human Service: Mental Health & Social Work Career Directory
  • Non-Profit, Human Service: Careers in Counseling & Human Services

Are there online resources available to help with my job/graduate school search?

  • American Psychology Association (APA) – offers a Student Web site with excellent articles:
    “Considering a Career in Psychology?”
    “Getting into Graduate School”
    “Scholarships, Grants, and Funding Opportunities” and more.  
  • Psi Chi – The National Honor Society in Psychology offers an excellent resource for grants, awards, and research opportunities.
  • Association for Psychological Science  (APS) – Go to the APS Web site and find out about grants, awards, scholarships, and the APS Mentorship program.
  • Psychology Career Center –   An excellent career guidance center: find job listings, student aid, internships, grad schools, and general job search info.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook –  Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including psychologists, social scientists, consultants, counselors and human service employees.
  • Spotlight on Careers –  Explore the Social Sciences Research, Consulting, and Human Services pages – find career profiles, internship opportunities, and educational resources.
  • Vault Online Career Library – Another career resource that provides specific career summaries as well as guidance for internships, interviewing, resume- and cover-letter-writing. Occupational surveys from real employees in each industry are also available.

Does Mount Holyoke College offer a masters degree in psychology?

Yes, the Psychology Department does have a small masters degree (graduate) program.